Sony court has filed a claim that PS3 hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz (the guy who jailbroke the PS3) fled the country to South America in order to avoid handing over hard drives containing valuable information. "Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives.
However, Sony's filing didnt tell the truth, argues Hotz's attorney Stewart Kellar. According to Kellar, the trip to South America was not made in order to avoid turning over the components. "You can never take a vacation from a lawsuit. Mr. Hotz has had to make himself available 24/7, which has been quite demanding on him," explained Kellar in an email to IGN. "You have to remember that Mr. Hotz didn't choose to fight this battle, but now that he has been sued, he has put his heart into fighting this case that has enormous implications for consumers world-wide."
Kellar also responded to concerns that Hotz had used donations to fund his trip, which is not true. Any questions about Mr. Hotz has using donation money to take a trip to South America, that's pretty silly dont you think?. Litigating against a massive company like Sony, who is represented by five attorneys, is very costly for a 21-year-old," Kellar added. "The donation money George has received is being used exclusively for his legal defense. If there are any funds left after the lawsuit, George is deciding to donate the money to the EFF [Electronic Frontier Foundation]." I think this is really good of Geo.
He responded on his personal blog ‘GEOHOT GOT SUED.’
The post made on March 23 says:
Apparently, I have fled the country. ROFL
Factually, it's true I'm in South America, on a vacation I've had planned and paid for since November. I mean, it is Spring break; hacking isn't my life. Rest assured that not a dime of legal defense money would ever go toward something like this. And of course Townsend loves the idea of painting me as an international fugitive. I have been in contact with my lawyers almost every day; I would not let the case suffer. That said, I also won't let this ridiculous lawsuit run my life either. Then the fearmongerers win.
I will be back, I hear it's hard to come by the Xperia Play down here.